Abide in christ sermon

  • Abiding In Christ Contributed by Mark Roper on Nov 28, 2007

    Our life comes from our relationship from God.

    Abiding in Christ

    John 15:4-7

    Life can be chaotic

    This notice appeared in the window of a coat store in Nottingham, England:

    “We have been established for over 100 years and have been pleasing and displeasing customers ever since. We have made money and lost money, suffered the …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Series Contributed by Geoff Bruschi on Jan 19, 2007

    Tired of trying to saw down the redwoods of sin in your life? Put some gas in the chainsaw, and let it do the work for you!

    Title: How to have Godly Character
    Type: Series/Christian growth
    Objective: Every Christian Can display true Godly Character by applying 3 supports that are found in John 15.
    Text: John 15:1ff

    Intro:

    The past few months, I have been bringing messages that have been designed to try and …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Contributed by Jeff Budzinski on Mar 3, 2007

    Abiding in Christ means finding our primary fulfillment in Him, fellowshipping with Him. Abiding in Christ means that we allow Him to speak to us.

    Key Scriptures: (NKJV) John 15 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

    (NKJV) Joshua 1 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Contributed by Mike Turner on Nov 14, 2004

    A message from Christ to believers on the importance of abiding in him.

    Abiding In Christ
    John 15:1-16
    This chapter is directed towards those who are in Christ. It is speaking to believers. And the subject of this chapter is without question. The lesson of Jesus to his disciples, and we as believers is the need to “abide in …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Contributed by Stephen Smarowsky on Oct 31, 2008

    Perhaps the greatest need for Christians today is to develop a higher spiritual discipline of abiding in Christ and His word.

    Abiding in Christ: John 15:7
    “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” – John 15:7

    Perhaps the greatest need for Christians today is to develop a higher spiritual discipline of abiding in Christ and His word. Many studies show that only …read more

  • Abiding With Christ Contributed by Daniel Wheat on May 29, 2009

    I don’t know if any of you out there has given to thought to living in a place like Bubble Creek Canyon. Where only Christians live and are in harmony together. To be separated from the rest of the world and not have the worries that come from being with

    John 15:9-15
    “Abiding with Christ”

    Introduction: I don’t know if any of you out there has given to thought to living in a place like Bubble Creek Canyon. Where only Christians live and are in harmony together. To be separated from the rest of the world and not have the worries that come from …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Contributed by Jerry D. Locke on Feb 2, 2012

    What it means to live in connection with Christ.

    John 15:1-16

    Let me introduce you to Billy Bob Brewer. Its been a long time coming, B.B….

    Finally realizes he is a sinner….and it bothers him.

    He starts trying to find spiritual peace—so be shows up a church. First, it’s a preaching service, then a Bible class, …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Contributed by David Yarbrough on Aug 6, 2001

    Our number one goal must be our relationship with Christ, staying with Him, obeying His commands and living in His love.

    Intro: An older sister was sitting next to her younger brother in Church one Sunday morning unsuccessfully trying to keep him still and quiet. Finally she said, “I wish you would calm down.” “I can’t”, he said, “it’s just so boring.” With that his sister turned and said, “It’s supposed to be …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Series Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Jun 23, 2016

    The ultimate goal of every believer should be Christ-likeness. The closer we walk with Him, growing in grace, the more like Him we become. In order to live victorious, fulfilling Christian lives, we must abide in Christ.

    Abiding in Christ
    1 John 3: 18-24

    Living a Christian life requires much more than church attendance during weekly services. Being known as a Christian is literally to be known as a follower of Christ, one who strives to live life as Christ lived. Being a Christian isn’t merely …read more

  • Abiding In Christ Contributed by Dennis Lee on Oct 21, 2016

    This sermon reveals what it means to abide in Christ and its importance.

    Abiding in Christ
    John 15:1-8

    This concept of “Abiding in Christ” is one of the most important aspects we can learn. The word itself is a verb. Abiding is therefore an action and means to continue, remain, dwell, live, or to lodge. We can then say that to abide in Christ is to …read more

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Scripture: John 15:1-8 (NKJV)

John 15:1-8New King James Version (NKJV)

15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

INTRO:

Good morning and what a blessing to be with all of you.

How many this morning have ever read a Dr. Seuss book? Green eggs and ham? One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish? Hop on Pop? Oh See Can You Say? The Cat in the Hat?

No doubt many of you have either read one of those books or had one of them read to you. Dr. Seuss was an absolute genius in both writing and illustrating high quality Children’s books. Dr. Seuss had this amazing way with words and images that simply have captured generations of both children and adults. They are timeless and no doubt will continue to be enjoyed by future generations of both children and adults.

One of his most enduring creations was the “CAT” in the Cat and the Hat stories. There is something about the personality and adventures of that cat and the way Dr. Seuss portrays him that is captivating. He is more than just an illustration. His image speaks volumes. Whenever you see his image, your mind goes into over drive. It’s one of those images that get stuck in your mind.

Jesus does the same in the allegory that we find in John 15:1-8. In a matter of a few words Jesus takes this simple image of a vine growing and uses it to teach us first about His relationship with His Heavenly Father and with us, as His disciples. He then takes that little metaphor and further shares with us how to experience a life salvation and sanctification.

Jesus’ image of the Vinedresser, the Vine and the Branches are relatively simple images to visualize and understand. And yet, the more time you meditate on Jesus’ world you quickly discover that Jesus has given us a wealth of material to absorb and contemplate.

There is more here in this little metaphor than could possibly be shared in a single sermon or even in a brief series of sermons. Rev. Andrew Murray (9 May 1828 – 18 January 1917) dedicated an entire book on this passage. Dr. James Rosscup did the same in writing his book, Abiding In Christ. Each author spent over 190 pages doing the best to dig out all the little gems that they could find in this passage.

With that in mind let’s limit our approach this morning by looking at just one concept. Let’s limit our time to looking at the concept of MENO that we find John using 40 times in His Gospel.1 Meno is the word that is usually translated as ABIDE.

So, let’s look at the concept of Abide. In particular what does it mean to abide in Christ?

To help us even further let’s take that word ABIDE and create an acrostic that I believe can serve as a way to get a practical handle on this concept. And a handle on how we can allow this word/concept to assist us in living out a Life in Christ.

A

B

I

D

E

A – Abiding in Christ involves both an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and an ALIGNMENT

+To abide in Christ means first of all that we acknowledge who Jesus is in our world and in our lives.

Jesus shares with us in verse one that He is the True Vine. In pointing out this fact, Jesus attests that there does exists other vines (other ways to live) in our world that we can use in our attempt to discover personal fulfillment and everlasting life. However, Jesus is just as quick to point out that all other adventures will ultimately prove fruitless. Jesus does not deny other vines, he simply and emphatically states that He is the only true way to life in God. He simply states that He is the True Vine. He is the only way to an abundant life. He is the only way to Everlasting Life. To abide in Christ, therefore means that we acknowledge the truth of John 14:6

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Abiding in Christ

John 15:1-8

This concept of “Abiding in Christ” is one of the most important aspects we can learn. The word itself is a verb. Abiding is therefore an action and means to continue, remain, dwell, live, or to lodge. We can then say that to abide in Christ is to remain and continue in, to live and dwell in Christ.

When Jesus tells us to abide in Him, there’s a very good reason. So let’s take a look at this section of Scripture.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My word. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:1-8 NKJV)

Let’s take a moment and look at why abiding is so important.

“He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our work and responsibilities

“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6 NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ, or lack thereof, directly affects our eternal life

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7 NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our communication with God

“Whoever abides in Him does not sin.” (1 John 3:6a NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our walk with God

A proper understanding of what it means to Abide in Christ is therefore critical.

We find that it was such an abiding relationship that Jesus had with the Father, which energized and defined His ministry. When confronting the religious leaders who said He was blaspheming by calling Himself the Son of God, Jesus said,

“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him” (John 10:37-38 NKJV)

When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus said,

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10 NKJV)

Speaking of the coming resurrection of believers, Jesus talks about how vital this connection with His Father is.

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30 NKJV)

Jesus had an intimate abiding relationship with the Father, and if this relationship was necessary for His ministry, then such an intimate abiding relationship with Jesus is needed if we’re going to live fruitful, effective lives here on earth.

This is actually Jesus’ prayer for us.

“That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:21 NKJV)

Going back to our text, Jesus says that just as a branch needs to be vitally connected to the vine, so believers need to be vitally connected to Him. Just as Jesus could do nothing outside the Father’s will, we can doing nothing on our own. We need this vital connection, and then we can say like the Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

Therefore, when we learn how to abide in Christ, He will provide life and strength so that we can live productive and effective lives. But even more, we can experience intimate fellowship with God and become part of His family.

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Abiding in Christ

John 15:1-8

This concept of “Abiding in Christ” is one of the most important aspects we can learn. The word itself is a verb. Abiding is therefore an action and means to continue, remain, dwell, live, or to lodge. We can then say that to abide in Christ is to remain and continue in, to live and dwell in Christ.

When Jesus tells us to abide in Him, there’s a very good reason. So let’s take a look at this section of Scripture.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinyedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My word. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:1-8 NKJV)

Let’s take a moment and look at why abiding is so important.

“He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our work and responsibilities

“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6 NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ, or lack thereof, directly affects our eternal life

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7 NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our communication with God

“Whoever abides in Him does not sin.” (1 John 3:6a NKJV)

• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our walk with God

A proper understanding of what it means to Abide in Christ is therefore critical.

We find that it was such an abiding relationship that Jesus had with the Father, which energized and defined His ministry. When confronting the religious leaders who said He was blaspheming by calling Himself the Son of God, Jesus said,

“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him” (John 10:37-38 NKJV)

When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus said,

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10 NKJV)

Speaking of the coming resurrection of believers, Jesus talks about how vital this connection with His Father is.

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30 NKJV)

Jesus had an intimate abiding relationship with the Father, and if this relationship was necessary for His ministry, then such an intimate abiding relationship with Jesus is needed if we’re going to live fruitful, effective lives here on earth.

This is actually Jesus’ prayer for us.

“That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:21 NKJV)

Going back to our text, Jesus says that just as a branch needs to be vitally connected to the vine, so believers need to be vitally connected to Him. Just as Jesus could do nothing outside the Father’s will, we can doing nothing on our own. We need this vital connection, and then we can say like the Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

Therefore, when we learn how to abide in Christ, He will provide life and strength so that we can live productive and effective lives. But even more, we can experience intimate fellowship with God and become part of His family.

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